CLEVELAND — Celebrations are just not the same since the coronavirus pandemic has flipped our daily life routines upside down and brought gatherings to a halt, but a group of nurses from St. Vincent Charity Medical Center (SVCMC) refused to let anything cancel a baby shower celebrating two of their own.
When Stacy Winkler, an RN at SVCMC, heard her two nurse colleagues, Eva Hiller and Erika Holland, were expecting, she immediately started planning two showers, but that all came to a halt after the coronavirus pandemic changed everything.
“Working as a nurse is something not everyone can understand. It has created many friendships that will last forever. We know each other well and can share pretty much anything without judgment. At least, this has been my experience. When my good friend, Eva (Hiller) told me she was pregnant I immediately started planning her shower. I knew exactly what she would like,” said Winkler. “Then we found out Erika (another nurse in their unit) was pregnant too so we started planning two showers.”
The showers that were originally planned were canceled, but that didn’t stop Winkler and her fellow nurses from celebrating their friends.
“It wasn’t going to work out, so I needed another plan. No way was I going to not give them the shower they deserved,” she said.
On Wednesday, the nurses gave a surprise baby shower parade equipped with balloons, posters, gifts and of course face masks.
The nurses were moved to tears at the sight of all their friends lined up celebrating their expected bundles of joy.
Their friends dropped off gifts at the end of the driveway.